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How to Measure For Drapes and Shades

Nothing is worse than investing in a set of curtains or shades that don’t fit your windows properly. Luckily, every Barn & Willow piece is custom stitched to your exact specifications—and thanks to their savvy online ordering process, securing the right sized curtains or shade panels for your windows at home has never been easier.

Need help figuring out your exact window measurements? No problem. Read ahead for a quick breakdown on how to measure for your Barn & Willow drapes and shades.

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How To Measure for Drapes

 If You’ve Already Installed Drapery Rods . . .

1. To Determine Panel Length: Measure from bottom tip of the rod to the floor. Deduct 1" if you want your drapery to break on the floor. Deduct 1½" for floor clearance or add 1”-2" for light puddle.

2. To Determine Panel Width: Measure the length of the drapery rod from one side of the rod to the other (excluding the finials and cap). 

3. Add Fullness: To avoid draperies looking like a stretched sheet when drawn, add two times fullness (recommended). Multiply the width by 2 for twice the fullness or 1.5 for lesser fullness.

 

 If You Have Not Yet Installed Drapery Rods . . .

1. To Determine Panel Length: Measure from window top trim to the floor. Your drapery rod should be placed 6"-8" above the top trim. Deduct 1" if you want your drapery to break on the floor. Deduct 1½" for floor clearance or add 1”-2" for light puddle.

2. To Determine Panel Width: For the best look, drapery rods should extend at least 8'' beyond the frame on each side. Measure the horizontal width of the window from trim to trim. Add 8" on each side.

3. Add Fullness: To avoid draperies looking like a stretched sheet when drawn, add two times fullness (recommended). Multiply the width (by 2 for twice the fullness or 1.5 for lesser fullness.

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How to Measure for Shades

To Determine Inside Mount . . .

1. Measure Width: Measure the horizontal width of inside of the window frame (for inside mount) in 3 locations­ top, middle and bottom. This is the width of the roman shade.

2. Measure Length: Measure the vertical height of inside of the window frame (for inside mount) in three locations ­left, middle and right. This is the length/height of the roman shade.

 

To Determine Outside Mount . . .

1. Measure Width: Measure the horizontal width of the area you wish to cover. We recommend letting your roman shade extend at least 1”-1.5” on each side of window to avoid light seepage. So, after determining add an additional 2”- 3” to that.

2. Measure Length: Measure the vertical height of the area you wish to cover. In outside mount style, when the roman shade is kept completely pulled up, it will cover about 10”­12” of your window. So, Barn & Willow recommends installing the roman shade at least 10”-12” above the window frame so it does not block the view when kept pulled up.

 

What to Do If You’re Still Struggling With Measurements

Still stumped on those exact measurements? When all else fails, you can head over to the Barn & Willow website and use the measurement finder tool to help guide you through the process in no time.

 

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